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->''"If a man yells loud enough, he can do anything!"''

Straight from the mouth of a bee with big eyebrows comes a tale of courage, friendship, and the kind of silliness that will have you rolling on the floor! Will Giygas prevail or will the world's last hope band together and strike this intergalactic foe down? It all rests...upon ''the Chosen Four''!

''The Chosen Four'' is a fancomic based on the Nintendo video game ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}''. It is posted at [[http://www.starmen.net Starmen.net]] by Darrow and is currently over 600 pages. The comic can be found and read [[http://starmen.net/comics/series/chosenfour here]] or on Darrow's DeviantArt page [[http://milliondollarham.deviantart.com/ here]]. Also, the [[http://forum.starmen.net/forum/Fan/Forum/48624/page/1/ forum thread]] where the comic is originally posted by the author is quite entertaining in its own right.
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!!This series contains examples of:

* AdaptationalBadass: [[spoiler:The Photoman, who is able to toy around with Poo, and invokes enough fear in Ness that a hallucination of him is able to order the group around.]] PlayedForLaughs, of course.
** Master Barf is, in the original game, a relatively easy miniboss fought in Deep Darkness. Here, his nature as a BlobMonster makes him nigh-immortal, and [[spoiler:Poo arriving to obliterate him with PK Starstorm]] is treated more as a much-needed BigDamnHeroes moment than just a coup de grâce.
* AdaptationExpansion
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler:Subverted by Ness, who works up the courage after a while, but he then stutters and Paula loudly interrupts him and plays it straight.]]
* AntiVillain: Shrooom!, an {{adorkable}} ShrinkingViolet. He even pulls a HeelFaceTurn when he's defeated, and is left alive as a result.
** Thunder and Storm. They only wanted to make people laugh, a desire that was twisted and warped by Giygas. They're also left alive, albeit heavily injured.
* ArcWords: "If a man yells loud enough, he can do anything!"
** Parodied later with, "If a man dances hard enough, he can disco anywhere!"
* ArmorPiercingSlap: Paula's pulled off a couple of these.
* ArtEvolution: [[http://files.fobby.net/0000/54ce/Earthbound2.jpg This]] is what it used to look like. [[http://files.fobby.net/0000/7632/Earthbound349.jpg This]] is what it looks like now.
* BadassNormal: Jeff, the only one of the Chosen Four who doesn't have PSI. He makes up for it by being a GadgeteerGenius.
* BattleAura: Ness sometimes gets one of these. At least once, he triggers it just to scare monkeys. No, seriously.
* BerserkButton: Don't take Ness's hat. Or hurt Paula.
** [[http://files.fobby.net/0000/805d/Earthbound546.jpg Poo doesn't take too kindly to certain people having the audacity to annoy Ness to no end.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Paula. Learned the hard way by Pokey and the {{Jerkass}} delivery man in Threed, among others (including, of course, Giygas' minions).
** Ness, too, especially given that he has access to one of the most powerful PSI moves in the series. If somebody is capable of [[spoiler: vaporizing the Kraken]], it's generally a bad idea to go poking his BerserkButton[=s=].
** As well as Poo (see Berserk Button).
* BishieSparkle: Venus. A lighting effect, or maybe she's just that good.
** Gorgeous later shows off some of those sparkles. Lucky tells the heroes he got them from Venus.
* {{Bishonen}}: [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/MOTHER1 Ninten]]. No, seriously.]]
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: Thunder and Storm.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Heck, there's practically ''[[NoFourthWall no]]'' [[NoFourthWall fourth wall]]! One of the funniest examples of this is when Paula steals a baby picture of Ness from his second Your Sanctuary.
-->'''Ness''': ''With the melody recorded I guess we should move on, then! It's a good thing the inner images only appear to me, though, otherwise... Hey! You're not supposed to see this! [[LampshadeHanging How did you even do that??]]''
-->'''Paula''': ''Why bother worrying about logic at this point of the story? Help me carry this home so I can hang it in my room!''
** Pages [[http://local-static2.forum-files.fobby.net/forum_attachments/0022/6567/Earthbound405.jpg 405]] and [[http://local-static0.forum-files.fobby.net/forum_attachments/0022/6570/Earthbound406.jpg 406]] are full of this.
* BrickJoke: During the fight with the Trillionage Sprout, the senile boss calls Ness "Billy". [[spoiler:We later find out Trillionage Sprout was actually mistaking Ness for Shroom!, whom he had a close father-son relationship with.]]
* TheCameo: [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link seems to think of Ganondorf when he hears the word "pig"]] [[http://files.fobby.net/0000/8426/Earthbound600.jpg]]
* CerebusRollercoaster: Zany and wild at first, though more plot driven as it went on. The came the Moonside arc, which wasn't PlayedForLaughs at all, with a nightmarish preview of the FinalBoss. It went back to comedy afterward, but didn't quite recover all of the old wackiness. It currently oscillates between funny (vs Thunder and Storm, Magic Cake, Scaraba Desert) and seriousness (vs the Plague Rat of Doom 1/2, vs the Guardian General, Stonehenge), then dips back into NightmareFuel (Poo's Mu meditation, vs the Kraken).
* ChaseFight: Pages 236 to 241.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Paula to Ness. Especially when they meet Venus.
-->'''Paula''': Those are '''''MY''''' cheeks! Those cheeks belong to '''''ME!'''''
* CloudCuckoolander: A lot of people, but special mention goes to Tony and the Magic Cake lady.
* CoolDownHug: Ness gets lost in [[HumongousMecha Dungeon Man]] and grows frustrated and angry to the point of he is bursting with psychic energy and he scares minions away with only glaring at them. Then his friends find him, Paula hugs him... and he suddenly feels completely cheered up. He even forgets what he was upset about.
** WordOfGod confirmed that is a hint of Giygas is trying influence him by fueling his negative emotions, but his friends are keeping him sane.
* CrutchCharacter: Invoked by Paula's father, who claims to be of too high a level to keep things dramatic.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler:Once the whole team is brought back]], the battle with the Plague Rat becomes this.
* CutenessProximity: Paula in general. However, it still wasn't strong enough to stop her from level grinding on Foppies.
* DanceBattler: Captain Strong, in the literal sense.
* DeadpanSnarker: Everyone at some point, but Jeff has this role most of the time.
* TheDreaded: Ness fears the Photoman, which is PlayedForLaughs. [[spoiler:However, the Photoman is the most powerful being in the comic, as per RuleOfFunny.]]
* DungeonBypass: Jeff and his Bubble Monkey do this in the maze by leaping over the rock barriers.
* DynamicEntry: The Photographer.
* EnemyWithin: WordOfGod says that Ness's outbursts are the result of Giygas influencing him, which will eventually lead to Ness's Nightmare...
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: A non-video game ([[WebcomicOfTheGame sorta]]) example, but several enemies and bosses are harmless at first, with the Happy-Happy cult members helping Ness up after he lands in the village from a Territorial Oak explosion, or the Trillonage Sprout mistaking Ness for Billy. Unfortunately, as soon as Ness tells them who he is, they immediately turn hostile.
* {{Expy}}: [[spoiler:The comic {{justifie|dTrope}}s the similarities between VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'s Ness, Paula, and Jeff and VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'s Ninten, Ana, and Loid by having Giygas' mind so twisted and distorted, he mistakes the former three for the latter and takes his hatred of Ninten out on Ness.]]
** [[spoiler:Teddy is pretty much [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]], complete with [[RousingSpeech motivational speaking]], HotBlooded [[TestosteronePoisoning epic manliness]] (and a side of LargeHam), and temporarily [[BadAss badassing]] [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow himself back to life]] [[BigDamnHeroes to help our heroes]]. He even has the [[TriangleShades epic sunglasses]].]]
* EyeScream: Part and parcel of Poo's meditation on Mu.
** For added NightmareFuel and {{Squick}}, [[spoiler: the spirit of the ancestors rips out Poo's eyes ''with his own disembodied arm''.]]
* FanWebComics.
* FauxHorrific: The ghosts in the tunnel scare our heroes and the Runaway Five with ADVANCED CALCULUS and a [[SuckinessIsPainful COPY OF]] {{SUPERMAN 64}}! AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
* FelonyMisdemeanor: A mini-UFO in #72 successfully strikes Ness with a ray... giving him a cold.
* FinalBossPreview: One appears in Moonside. For those familiar with Earthbound, you know by now what we're dealing with.
* ForScience: Apple Kid's excuse for having a nuclear-powered doomsday microwave.
* GagBoobs: The zombie lady in Threed.
* {{Gorn}}: Poo's Mu training. Oh dear god, Poo's Mu training, ''despite'' being composed of...
* GoryDiscretionShot: Again, Poo's Mu training.
* GiantMook: The cultists have a VERY big one.
* HeroicSacrifice: Played with when Paula throws her teddy bear to divert Mondo Mole's attack; she'd been manipulating him [[MediumAwareness off-panel]] to give it the illusion of sentience, so this part was played out as the bear sacrificing his "life" for hers.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Monotoli describes Pokey like "such a nice boy, but a bit troubled". Seriously. It is not a wonder Pokey was able to exploit him.
** Electra the maid as well, thinking Pokey to "be harsh at times, but is a kind, caring soul." Just because he gave her a potato sack and called it an "exotic dress."
* HotBlooded: Ness, while fighting the Dept. Store Spook. Also see the page quote.
** Ness invoked this trope to achieve the PK Rocking attack.
* IgnoredEnemy: The worthless protoplasm was too worthless for Jeff to even notice
* ImplacableMan: The Guardian General, who just [[NoSell shrugs off the heroes' attacks]] and keeps coming. It takes [[spoiler:a pyramid collapsing on top of him]] to finally stop him, and even then he keeps trying to crawl after Ness & company until he completely falls apart.
* IncrediblyLamePun: All over the place.
* IndyEscape: The Guardian General, again. At one point, [[RollingAttack he curls up into a ball and rolls]] after our heroes.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom The Plague Rat Of Doom]], PlayedForLaughs.
* KillItWithFire: [[BewareTheNiceOnes Paula]], being the only person who can use PSI Fire, does this a lot.
* KillItWithIce: Both Paula (when she's not [[KillItWithFire killing things with fire]]) and Poo.
* LargeHam: Out of ALL characters and enemies, the Worthless Protoplasm is one. Not that it makes him any less worthless, but still...
-->'''[[http://forum.starmen.net/forum/Fan/Forum/48624/page/172#post1860301 Worthless Protoplasm]]''': “Once upon a time, a lone worthless protoplasm looked upon his very soul and found what it means to become a master of supreme POWER! Power unlike any the world has seen before! Oh, yes, you will feel the burning hot fury that flows through my system, like a brewing cup of coffee too bitter for even the evilest of evil entities to sip upon!
-->Oh, may the furious nectar of life spring forth from this very body and pounce upon thee, rending body from soul! Never count your chickens before they’re hatched, otherwise said chicken will peck at your eyes, and this chicken has a beak that will show no mercy!
-->Shake, shake in fear of my many forms of martial arts, including the legendary Sleeping Monkey, Contemplating Giraffe!"
-->NEVER AGAIN SHALL I BE CALLED 'WORTHLESS'! PREPARE FOR A SPANKING MOST LEGENDARY!!
* LoveBubbles: These appear when Paula kisses Ness.
** They return when Tony calls Jeff.
--->'''Jeff''': ''Well, I should probably go before [[BreakingTheFourthWall you flood this panel with bubbles.]]''
* MadnessMantra: Well, it is Earthbound, so...
-->'''Giygas:''' '''''NESS NESS NESS NESS NESS'''''
* MindScrew: Moonside. Just... Moonside. Holy CRAP.
* MonsterSobStory: Starman Jr. gives one upon his defeat. PlayedForLaughs.
** In fact, [[RunningGag every enemy of significance has one]]. Played for laughs again. Shrooom!'s is the only one that isn't treated like a ''complete'' joke.
*** Subverted by the Plague Rat, whose attempt at invoking this only serves to show [[{{Jerkass}} how ]]''[[{{Jerkass}} un]]''[[{{Jerkass}} sympathetic]] he is.
* MoodWhiplash: Fourside is MADE of this. We go from the usual humorous plot development, to the minor {{Fanservice}} that is Venus, to a rather scary burst of UnstoppableRage from the main character, to the freaking nightmare that is Moonside, to major revelations about Giygas, then crazy HotBlooded antics, and finally back to talking monkeys. Whew!
* MushroomSamba: A mushroom monster in #66 puts Ness in a musical version by placing an actual mushroom on his head (utilizing a song from the original ''Mother'' soundtrack, no less). It continues for another page even when the mushroom was removed!
* MythologyGag: The second time the above-mentioned ArcWords are said is when Ness first uses PSI Rockin'; the first "default" option for "Favorite Thing" in ''Mother 2'' (which "Rockin'" replaced) is {{Kiai}}. Similarly, Ness remarks that the only way the pencil statue could be weirder is if it were an octopus.
** Another of the "Don't Care" options for "Rockin'" is "Gifts". This gets a TakeThat in the form of Ness wondering who would name an attack "Gifts".
* NervesOfSteel: Jeff had Nerves Of ''TITANIUM'' reinforced with ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Alloy-Z]]'' and ''[[MarvelComics Adamantium]]''. They may be facing a frightening or hugely powerful enemy, his friends or his father may [[spoiler:have been kidnapped]]... but even if he is visibly upset, you can see he forces himself to remain calm and focused in solving the situation at hand.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Ness's [[ShutUpHannibal little outburst]] at the top of the Monotoli building is what eventually causes the events of VideoGame/{{MOTHER3}}.]]
** [[spoiler:To be completely fair, [[FatBastard Pokey]] had it coming.]]
* NewAgeRetroHippie: He can measure the universe!
* NoSenseOfDirection: Several characters note Ness is awful at following directions.
* NotSoDifferent: Poo comes to the realization that both he and the Guardian General are focused on protecting their masters to the exclusion of everything else, including self-preservation. It's that realization that opens the way for his later CharacterDevelopment.
* OhCrap: Ness's reaction to the effects of the Magic Cake.
** Don't forget The Plague Rat of Doom's face when he's [[http://local-static4.forum-files.fobby.net/forum_attachments/0025/3374/Earthbound500.jpg about to get hit by Ness after he maxes out his Guts stat]].
* OnlySaneMan: Poo
* PantyThief: The octobot. Funnily enough, it steals ''Jeff'''s underwear instead of Paula's.
* PostKissCatatonia: Ness gets this when Paula kisses his cheek.
* PreAsskickingOneliner: Plenty of them.
-->'''Worthless Protoplasm''': [[LargeHam PREPARE FOR A SPANKING MOST LEGENDARY!!]]
*** This is, in fact, a subversion, since while he was throwing dramatic speeches and one-liners around and being so hammy as possible, Paula and Jeff were ignoring him completely. They did not even notice he was there.
* PungeonMaster: Mondo Mole.
* PuppyLove: Ness and Paula.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Carpenter's [=BlueBlue=] Rangers, who are really regular Happy-Happy cultists with gimmicks.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Pokey hands out a truly frightening example, made all the more frightening by the knowledge that he ''will'' [[VideoGame/{{Mother3}} win his twisted game]]. The CallForward just hammers it home.
** Although Ness gives one straight back to him.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Crops up anywhere from [[BewareTheNiceOnes Paula getting ticked off]] to the Guardian General [[spoiler: while it's under Giygas's influence.]]
* RelaxoVision: Used when Paula and the bears are beating up Mondo Mole.
* {{Retirony}}: Parodied. [[spoiler:Paula's stuffed teddy bear]] regrets he did not even have a line about being several days away from retirement before dying.
* RocketPunch: One of the Threed zombies uses the grisly, disgusting version: he rips his own hand off his arm and throws at Ness and Paula.
* ScaryShinyGlasses[=/=]SpecsOfAwesome: Jeff is prone to this.
* ShooOutTheClowns: Reggie the mouse is ignored during boss battles, and Chicken shows up even less than Reggie.
** Reggie disappeared completely while they were in Moonside, and showed up again the very page it was over.
* ShoutOut: Now with [[ShoutOut/TheChosenFour its own page.]]
* ShutUpHannibal: Ness to Pokey--FINALLY--when the latter gives his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from [[spoiler:Monotoli's helicopter]].
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Darrow plays with the various examples of this trope from the games in his comics. For example when jokes are made in the comic related to Jeff's ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' [[{{Expy}} counterpart]] are made, the name is spelled Lloyd. But when Jeff and Ness encounter an illusion of [[spoiler:Teddy]] in Moonside, he spells the name Loid. Also, the name Giegue (the spelling from Earthbound Zero) is used to describe the physically and mentally intact version of the antagonist, while Giygas (the spelling from ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}'') is used to describe him after [[spoiler:his body and mind broke apart]].
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** Everdread has a bunch of bags stored in his house. All of them are labeled "Not Stolen".
** He also gives ''Ness and Paula'' a wad of bills (following the game's plot) and he tells it is most certainly not stolen ''twice'', out of nowhere.
** The girl in the Twoson Theater greets Ness and Paula saying: "Hi! I am a stalker not at all!"
** Shroom informs the heroes he is definitely not suspicious.
* StalkerWithACrush: Mr. Spoon. HE LOVES VENUS EVEN MORE THAN HE LOVES HIS BACON COLLECTION!!! HE'S TOTALLY NOT CREEPY!!!!
** And Tony for Jeff. Poor, Poor Jeff.
* StealthPun: "[[http://starmen.net/vote/vote.php?id=28153 I bet your one of those types that always wants to be number one. Well, I'll beat the number one out of you, and maybe even the number two while I'm at it!]]"
* TakeThat: To ''VideoGame/{{Superman 64}}'', see FauxHorrific above.
* TalkingAnimal: All the animals can talk, understanding them is another story.
* ThatsNoMoon: A variant. During the journey to Scaraba, a deafening rumble sounds when they are passing by an island and one of them wonders if it is the nearby volcano. Then Kraken emerges out of the sea and the captain stares at it with a OhCrap expression and mutters "That's no volcano".
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Ness cannot forgive Pokey for insulting his family and friends. Paula cannot forgive an Octobot for stealing her diary AND reading a particularly embarassing entry, and Poo cannot forgive Pokey for [[spoiler: [[KickTheDog writing an incredibly cruel hate message directed towards Ness on a billboard in Summers]].]]
* TrainingFromHell: Mu training, full stop.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: While Ness is trying to figure out how to use his psychic powers, Titanic Ant just stares bemusedly at him. When it becomes obvious that it's working, Titanic Ant continues staring, and laments that he can't seem to do anything but stare.
* UnstoppableRage: Ness, after Paula is kidnapped.
* UnusualWeaponMounting: The Clumsy Robot has a rocket (and bologna sandwich) launcher [[AssKicksYou mounted in its butt]].
* {{Unwinnable}}: Threatened (to the point of nearly restarting the comic), but miraculously averted...in just the way it happens in-game. How Paula managed is an open question.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Giygas. He's ''introduced'' telling Master Belch to outright kill Ness and friends, while his face is clearly cracking apart, and he only gets much [[SanitySlippage much]], ''[[EldritchAbomination much]]'' worse from there.
* WebcomicOfTheGame
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Paula suddenly gains these when she meets Ness in the Monotoli building.
* YouAreAlreadyDead: Subverted in a very -of course- funny way, doing a ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' ShoutOut. Ness is lost inside Dungeon Man and getting angrier, more upset and more frustrated every second. A Gruffy Goat tries to harass him, and he replies telling "No. YOU listen. You are already dead", suddenly looking right like Kenshiro. It is subverted because Ness had not actually done anything -yet-, but the goat got so scared -wondering if he was dead and he was now a ghost- that he answered Ness' question.
* YouShallNotPass: Parodied. [[spoiler:Paula's stuffed teddy bear]] regrets he not even got to yell "you shall not pass" while charging in heroically before committing HeroicSacrifice.
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->Ness, I have the feeling we're not fighting a completely stable enemy. Rather, we may be fighting fractions of a broken mind...